On Tuesday, September 22, the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur will begin at sundown. Freshman Noah Goldman will spend the next day a little bit differently than he did at home. But he will still be able to be a part of this important day at Queens, thanks to Hillel, Queens’ new student Jewish organization.
Yom Kippur–which translates to “day of atonement”–is considered the holiest day of the year, during which the Jewish people ask for forgiveness for their sins from God. It is custom to fast and reflect on one’s self from sundown to sundown, ending the fast with a feast known as a break-fast.
Despite the excused absence Goldman is very excited about receiving, “It’s not a pleasant day,” Goldman said. “We go 26 hours without food or drink.”
To keep his mind off of food, Goldman usually sleeps and reads. At home, he would also go to services at his synagogue and then to a break-fast with friends and family.
While he won’t be able to observe the holiday with his family, Goldman will still be able to continue one holiday tradition at Queens.
At 5 p.m. on September 23, Hillel will hold its own break-fast in Rex’s Lair, which is located in Hall-Brown-Overcash (HBO) Residence Hall.
Dining services is working with Hillel advisor Talli Dippold to provide Kugle, a sweet or savory pudding of noodles or potatoes that is commonly served during Yom Kippur, said Dippold, who was hired in 2015 to take on the newly created position of director of jewish life.
Dippold encourages everyone, regardless of religion, to attend the event on September 23, she said.
This year, Dippold plans on Hillel not only putting on events for Jewish holidays but also taking the group on fun outings to places around Charlotte, such as the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the Jewish Community Center of Charlotte.
Goldman is excited for what the future will bring for this organization, he said, adding that he hopes Hillel will attract more student to Queens.
Just being a part of the group thus far has helped him as a freshman, he said.
“Being a part of Hillel at Queens has helped make me feel more comfortable coming to Queens,” Goldman said.
For more information about this event or about joining Hillel, email Tilli Dippold at firstname.lastname@example.org.